The Home for Peculiar Children was a lot of fun, though I'm not quite sure why the book shops have filed it in adult literary fiction. I thought it was perfect YA though when I told my daughter about it, she told me about a couple of other books with similar plots.
It might be because of the collection of old photographs which illustrate the book. They were a very nice touch, though a bit gimmicky. Still, I liked the atmosphere and the story was well written. Jacob is an interesting character - not too perfect, not too self-centered, maybe not quite reflective enough. I'm sure I'll read the sequel when I get a chance.